Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Feb 12, 2021 - 8:47AM

For Immediate Release

Registered sex offender arrested for possession of child pornography

Case Number:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with partners of the Internet Crimes Against Children – Child Exploitation Task Force including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada Attorney General’s Office have arrested 60-year-old James Cannel of Reno for possession of child pornography, a felony.

Cannel is a registered sex offender, previously convicted for Federal charges of possession of child pornography.

Cannel has been under investigation since May 2020, and this case stems from his Snapchat account.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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